On March 3, the Walt Disney Company and DISH Network started a long-term distribution agreement that gives DISH Network subscribers even more great programming. The agreement allows DISH to offer streaming and video-on-demand content from the Disney-owned networks of ABC, ABC Family, Disney Channel, ESPN, and ESPN2. DISH subscribers can watch this content on their televisions, computers, smartphones, tablets, and other devices.
The agreement also gives DISH customers access for the first time to Disney-owned Internet television websites, including Watch ESPN, WATCH Disney, WATCH ABC Family and WATCH ABC. Watch ESPN gives viewers access to live sporting events, replays, and programs broadcast by the ESPN networks. WATCH Disney, WATCH ABC Family, and WATCH ABC offer full episodes of programs originally aired on Disney Channel, ABC Family, and ABC. With the DISH Network’s DISH Anywhere service, subscribers can watch this programming on their computer, tablet, smartphone, or Xbox Live gaming console.
Southeastern Conference (SEC) sports fans will love this agreement. It includes the SEC ESPN network scheduled to launch on August 21, 2014. The network plans to broadcast 1,000 or more live sporting events across all 21 SEC sports programs. Additional new DISH offerings include Disney Junior, Fusion, ESPN Goal Line, ESPN Buzzer Beater, and the Longhorn Network.
For DISH subscribers who like to watch HD programs, ESPNEWS, ESPNU, Disney Channel, and ABC Family will now be in high definition.
The agreement greatly expands DISH’s video-on-demand offerings and includes:
- ESPN Classic reintroduced as a video-on-demand channel.
- ABC On Demand that features some of the ABC broadcast network’s most popular shows: “Scandal,” “Caste,” and “Revenge.”
- ABC Family On Demand that features full episodes of ABC Family series “The Fosters,” “Switched at Birth,” and “Melissa & Joey.”
- Multiple Disney offerings – Disney Channel On Demand, Disney Junior On Demand, and Disney XD on Demand.
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